Questback Survey Questionnaire

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Dear prospective participant!

Herewith, we would like to offer you the participation in a scientific study. The study aims to provide novel insights into possible influences of  meditation and aims to advance the scientific understanding of meditation practices and their relationship to cognitive and emotional processes.  

By participating in the study, you can support a gain of new insights into the effects of meditation. The processing of these test elements will take about 20-25 minutes. 

The study is conducted by a research group of the Charite - Universitätsmedizin headed by Dr. Kerem Böge. In cases of queries, please feel free to contact the principal investigator at any time: kerem.boege@charite.de 


Study Information
Study Purpose
The aim of the present study is to investigate the emotional and cognitive effects of different meditation practices by an international, online-based cross-sectional study. The main focus is to investigate the influence of clinically relevant, scale-based variables such as mindfulness, previous psychiatric diagnosis, personality traits and pathology on possible meditation-related effects. The aim of this study is to replicate and extend previous studies. 

Procedure
If you take part in the study, you will be required to first undertake a short demographic questionnaire, in which you will be asked to state your year of birth, gender, continent of residence and belief. Afterwards, you will be asked to fill out a mindfulness questionnaire, a questionnaire about your meditation experience and possible adverse effects, about your psychiatric diagnosis, your current pathology and a personality questionnaire. Within the different questionnaires you will be asked to indicate how much you agree with certain statements or how much certain attributes apply to you. All data will be encoded pseudonymously and not be traceable to you as an individual. Completion of the study takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes. 

Voluntary participation and right of withdrawal 
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and can be revoked at any time during the study process without giving reasons and without bearing any possible disadvantages for you. Moreover, no monetary compensation will be given. The online questionnaire can be interrupted or terminated at any time. You can correct your data by going back in the questionnaire. You can withdraw from the online questionnaire at any time by closing the browser window. All withdrawn data will be deleted and not included in the analysis. Once you completed the online questionnaire, the data is submitted and pseudonymously encoded and can thus cannot be corrected or removed.

Your Data
Your data will be recorded and evaluated pseudonymously, which means that your data will be assigned a code number which does not allow it for third parties to assign the data to the participant. The pseudonymous data will be stored electronically on the Unipark platform where it will be accessible only to the researcher. Data that has already been submitted, and thus encoded, cannot be removed. According to the rules of good scientific practice, we are obliged to provide evidence for a period of 10 years that the published data can be traced back to the original data. For this purpose, the pseudonymised research data will be retained in electronic form for 10 years. The study results will be published in scientific journals, which does not allow any conclusion about your person. Participants can receive a copy of the published results by contacting the principal investigator via the provided e-mail address: kerem.boege@charite.de.

Private Policy
By giving your consent, you agree that the study supervisor and study staff may collect and process your personal data for the purpose of the study described above. This data includes, among other things, your year of birth, your gender, continent of residency, your belief, possible psychiatric diagnosis, your current pathology and your meditation experiences. This personal data will solely be used for research purposes.

Risks
There are no known risks for the participant in the study. No costs will arise by participating in the study. 

Expense Allowance
There is no financial compensation for participation in the study. 

Contact
In case of queries, please contact the principal investigator:
Dr. Kerem Böge
kerem.boege@charite.de



Declaration of Consent 

Hereby I declare that: 

  • I was informed online about the nature, procedure and risk of the above-mentioned study.
  • I have been provided with an email address in case of queries. 
  • I know that I can withdraw from the study at any time, without having to give a reason. Any withdrawn data will be removed. 
  • I am aware that anonymization leads to the fact that a tracing back of the data processing is impossible, so that I can no longer enforce my rights to information, correction or deletion once the data is submitted.
  • I understand that information I provide will be used in anonymous form for the purpose of a publication in a scientific journal.  
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